Online Therapy USER Pages

Unit Updates

Current Status of Project

Website: The website is now complete and ready for use with clients. Our therapy programs are based on previously developed and researched programs from Australia.

Training Program: Training programs for students and professionals have been developed. We have now trained more than 100 students and providers in how to deliver Online-CBT.

Future Research Projects: Research projects are attempting to answer the following questions:

  1. Can we accurately inform patients about, and engage patients, in ICBT through an online presentation?
  2. Can we screen patients for ICBT using an online screening in a way that is satisfactory to patients and providers?
  3. How effective is a 5-module transdiagnostic ICBT program that is suitable for depression and or anxiety when offered by community providers or supervised students and what variables predict patient outcomes?
  4. What are the perceived strengths and challenges encountered by community providers and students using transdiagnostic ICBT?
  5. What is the impact of this research on decision-making surrounding routine use of ICBT in Saskatchewan?
  6. What factors facilitate or constrain adoption of ICBT in clinical practice?

Funding/Awards:
  • In 2016, The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health began providing $356, 000 a year to the Online Therapy Unit to continue to provide online mental health services to Saskatchewan residents.
  • The Online Therapy Research team was award the Partnership for Health System improvement grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research 2013-2016 to evaluate the above research questions.
  • Marcie Nugent was selected to attend the SPARK Institute by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
  • Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos was awarded the 2010 SHRF Achievement award in part for her research on Online Therapy.
  • Shannon Jones obtained CIHR funding to fund her doctoral dissertation research entitled "Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: How Is Age a Factor?"
  • Nicky Pugh was awarded the BMO Financial Group Fellowship for Rural and Northern Studies for her dissertation entitled “Effectiveness of Training in Therapist Guided Internet Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy"
  • Lindsay Friesen obtained CIHR funding for her MA research entitled "Facilitators and Barriers Associated with the Implementation of Internet-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Urban and Rural Settings"
  • Nicole Alberts obtained CIHR funding for her doctoral dissertation research entitled “Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression among Cancer Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”
  • The Online Therapy Unit was awarded a Partnership for Health Systems Improvement grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research from 2010-2013 to establish and evaluate the Unit.

Expected Contributions: The Online Therapy USER will have a substantial impact on how Online-CBT is financed, organized, managed, and delivered in Saskatchewan, as well as potentially other areas of Canada. We will provide valuable information on how to best develop Online-CBT programs, offer training in Online-CBT, and incorporate Online-CBT into provincial mental health programs.